Time to brush up on the NFL's practice squad rules. First off, the deadlines:
Saturday, September 5, 1 p.m.: Roster cutdowns to 53 players
Sunday, September 6th: 9 a.m.: Last call for waiver claims on roster cuts
Sunday, September 6th, 9 a.m: Teams can start signing 10 players to Practice Squads
First off, players have to pass through waivers first to be placed on the practice squad. This means all other teams have a crack at claiming them. If claimed, those players have to be placed on the active roster. Once practice squads are set, teams can poach from other teams' practice squads but they must place that player on their active roster for a minimum of three weeks. Players can refuse to sign with other teams if the fit doesn't seem right or if they'd prefer to stick on the practice squad of their current team (in other words, if they see their current team as a better situation).
Here are the eligibility rules.
Rules on practice squad eligibility:
In order to be eligible for the practice squad, players must meet one of the following requirements:
- A player is eligible for the practice squad if he does not have an accrued season of NFL experience. Players gain an accrued season by being on the active roster for at least six games. If a player has one accrued season, they can still be practice squad eligible if they were on the 45-man active gameday roster for fewer than nine regular season games.
- NEW RULE: Each club will be permitted to sign a maximum of two Practice Squad players who have earned no more than two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club's 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons.
- If served two seasons on a practice squad, are eligible for a third season only if the team has at least 53 players on its active/inactive list for the duration of that player's employment.
- A player has served one season on the practice squad if he is on the practice squad for at least 6 games. The rule previously required 3 games on the practice squad roster.
FB Rod Smith 6'3, 231
WR Kevin Smith 5'11, 215
WR Kasen Williams, 6'1, 210
WR Chris Matthews 6'5, 230
TE Rashaun Allen 6'5, 250
OG Mark Glowinski 6'4, 307
OG Kristjan Sokoli 6'5, 300
OC Patrick Lewis 6'1, 305
T/G Terry Poole 6'5, 315
OL Will Pericak 6'4, 296
NT/3T T.Y. McGill 6'0, 300
5T/3TJulius Warmsley 6'2, 290
LEO Obum Gwacham 6'5, 245
5T/DE David King 6'4, 270
LB Alex Singleton 6'2, 242
NB Marcus Burley 5'10, 189
FS/NB Steven Terrell 5'10, 197
SS Ryan Murphy, 6'3, 214
CB Douglas McNeil 6'3, 212
CB Mohammed Seisay 6'1, 202
SS Ronald Martin 6'2, 220
SS/FS Dion Bailey 6'0, 215
CB/SS DeShawn Shead 6'1, 225
CB Tye Smith, 6'0, 190